Moscow swelters in record heat

April 29, 2012
Russia was among several central and eastern European countries enjoying high temperatures today
A caretaker in a T-shirt sweeps the playground at a Moscow school this week. Moscow sweltered in unseasonable heat on Sunday, with temperatures of nearly 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 Fahrenheit), a record for April since data collection began 130 years ago, authorities said.

Moscow sweltered in unseasonable heat on Sunday, with temperatures of nearly 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 Fahrenheit), a record for April since data collection began 130 years ago, authorities said.

"At 4:00 p.m. (1200 GMT), the temperature reached 28.6 degrees Celsius, an absolute record for the month of April," an official from the Russian capital's told the Interfax news agency.

"The previous record for the month goes back to April 24, 1950, with 28 degrees," he added.

The mercury had already climbed to 26.3 degrees on Saturday.

Several central and eastern European countries recorded unseasonably on Saturday, with a record 32 degrees recorded in northern Austria.

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5 / 5 (3) Apr 29, 2012
Modern technology, such a double edged sword.

Without it, world population and medicine wouldn't be possible.

With it, we destroy our planet, and not only that, I think we over burden ourselves with a constant stream of media and science from every imaginable avenue of research.

Man was not meant to know everything or worry about everything, and yet we often do in this age of information.

One degree is not going to kill anyone I guess, but it is interesting to wonder which areas will be hit the hardest first, and by what effects? Sea level rise? Temperature extremes? Drought? Flood?

It is only a matter of time before computer hardware and software and climate observations catch up to the climate trend, and we can come to understand the exact nature and behavior of the AGW trend, and it's local and regional effects, which are much harder to predict than the global averages, or so it would seem.
3.5 / 5 (6) Apr 29, 2012
We can do great things with technology, instead we choose to fuck up.
4.2 / 5 (5) Apr 29, 2012
Ah, but this summer, Moscow will see record snow. Right, deniers?
4.3 / 5 (6) Apr 29, 2012
Clean Energy
3 / 5 (2) May 01, 2012
The methane hydrates and permafrost started breaking loose in 2008, and the weather has gone nuts ever since. Methane hydrates can create their own feedback loop, and the process has already started, some 50 years sooner than predicted. This is a catastrophe.

With the Eastern Siberian Arctic shelf now opening up methane fountains more than 3000' across in shallow water, methane is now venting into the air at a rate capable of re-creating the KT extinction event, in the span of a single human lifetime.

We can solve all this with clean energy, clean transportation, and new agriculture techniques, but we are completely out of time. The insane temperature swings across the northern hemisphere are going to get worse for a very long time. We may have to geo-engineer now =*(

We must power down the fossil fuel economy, and build the clean energy economy, but remember, until we change the way money works, we can change nothing.

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